Working Test Results 2019

>> Sunday 12th May – Open Retriever Test

>> Monday 27th May 2019 – Inter club Spaniel Test

>> Sunday 7th July – AV Retriever Working Test (incorporating young handler)

>> Sunday 25th August 2019 – AV Spaniel Novice Working Test

1. Sunday 12th May – Open Retriever Test

Venue – Mornacott, by kind permission of the land owner Andrew Blowers and Head Keeper Toby Penton.

The weather was lovely and the ground with the lake was ideal for the dogs.  The tests succeeded in testing the dogs and handlers to the limit. There were some very good dogs running and on another day they will have every chance of being will be amongst  the prizes, on the whole the dogs handled the tests very well.


  1. Loxhorn Peregrine lab C. Nunneley
  2. Lubbecke Simone lab G.Yates
  3. Binneybottom Blue at Grayspeed lab R.Gray
  4. MovenneTanner lab C.Nunneley

COM: Mowbaron Lexi Mae lab V.Pitcher

Thanks go to the Judges: K.Sandercock and and R. Davies, and not forgetting all the dummy throwers, helpers and excellent catering team.

2. Monday 27th May 2019 Inter club Spaniel Test

Venue – Sherborne Castle, Dorset

B.A.S.C. invited Gundog clubs from South West England and South Wales.

Seven teams were entered into the Inter club Spaniel Test.  NDWGC were selected as Team 7.

The NDWGC team were represented by Maurice Stanbury, Caroline Rawlings and Brian Smith.

The Inter club challenge started at 9.30am and ended close to 4pm.

There was a Water test in the lake in front of a large crowd.  The Blind retrieve was along the bank, followed by a Marked retrieve in the lake.  This proved to be more tricky than many of us thought it would be.  This challenge sorted out the men from the boys, so to speak.

From the first test, all teams then moved out to the Deer Park and performed a hunt up with a Marked and a Blind retrieve in pairs, followed by a Marked and a Blind individually in a wooded glade, once again challenging the competitors.

Results :

  1. Usk Valley team came first
  2. followed by Carmarthenshire in second
  3. and NDWGC in third

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Brian Smith at the water test


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Caroline Rawlings at the water test


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The team at the presentation


Photo credits go to P. Stanbury

Thanks go to the Judges : Alice Wise, Andy Faulkner and Wayne Swiggs for giving up their time to challenge the competitors.

Particular thanks go to : Julia Birchall-Mann (BASC) and her helpers for organising the Sherborne Castle Inter club event.


It was a great day and a very good result for the club.

Brian Smith
Working Test Secretary (Spaniels)

3. Sunday 7th July – AV Retriever Working Test (incorporating young handler)

Venue – EX32 0RU by kind permission of Gordon Hewitt.

Our Novice Retriever AV and Puppy Working tests took place on 7th July, the results are as follows :


  1. Tybesta Ares – J Philp
  2. Haddeo Digby – J Evans
  3. Skyflight Allthatjazz-J Fergie
  4. Weststall Tazer -Z Townsend

Certificate of Merit Davy Sunny Fetham – M Snell

Retriever AV -puppy was won by Greenbrier Maple – M Jennings

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Thanks go to the Judges: Mary Jane Opie, Caroline Nunneley, and Sue Gray and also to Working Test Secretary, Gordon Hewitt, for all his hard work and the use of his lovely grounds.

Final vote of thanks goes to the dummy throwers, stewards, caterers and everyone who helped on the day, without them there wouldn’t be a test day.

 4. Sunday 25th August 2019 – AV Spaniel Novice Working Test

Venue – Dulverton, Somerset by kind permission of Mr J Mackeldon and J Kelvie.

There were 16 entrants from Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Results :

1. First and Novice Handler Award went to D. Taylor with Belleverwood Heather (ESS Bitch)
2. T Williams with Gentlegeorgie Girl (CS Bitch)
3. B Franklin with Clumsetter Peskipiksi (CS Bitch)
4. P Fleet with Misselchalke Speyburn (CS Dog)

Certificate of Merit  : V Brookes with Autumnwillow Hester (ESS Bitch) and S Bailey with Pippa of Burtonwood (ESS Bitch)

Thanks go to the Judges: Maurice Stanbury, Neil Harris and Wayne Swiggs.

Thanks also to the helpers for throwing dummies, shooting starting pistols and directing the handlers to the tests.